Kale is in the spotlight a lot these days because it is such a great source of a variety of nutrients. But like anything, it’s hard not to get into a rut with how to use your new favorite (or not-so-favorite but you eat it anyway) ingredient.
So here are three easy ways to incorporate kale into dishes that are easy to make and good for you too:
- Chili – Whether it’s homemade or from a can, meaty or meatless, it’s easy to give your chili a boost when you throw in some kale which will add nice additional flavor and texture.
- Salad – When people first try uncooked kale, they often swear never to do it again because it wasn’t prepared in a way that makes this fibrous vegetable more edible. Not only do your muscles need a massage after a good workout, but guess what? You should massage kale before throwing into your salad. Need a new recipe? Here is a kale salad with avocado and a creamy hemp seed dressing.
- Homemade pizza – You can get pre-made dough at places like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, or make your own (the master recipe in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day is a great recipe) and then add kale to whatever “topping” you create. One of my favorites? The pepperonata pizza recipe from The Lo Cholesterol Cookbook. The kale and bell peppers along with the tomatoes, onion, and garlic are delicious.
How else do you incorporate kale into your meals?
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